Grower of the Year Awards 2011 - THE WINNERS

Stewarts of Tayside and Majestic Trees led the field winning Grower of the Year - edibles and Grower of the Year - ornamentals, respectively at this years awards

Peter Kendall speaking at the Grower of the Year Awards 2011 - image: HW
Peter Kendall speaking at the Grower of the Year Awards 2011 - image: HW

Some 500 professionals from across UK production horticulture attended the event held at London's Lancaster Hotel which was hosted by TV's Paul Ross.

Speakers included NFU president Peter Kendall and Horticulture Week editor Kate Lowe.

Guests at the sell-out event saw winners pick up their awards in 19 categories. Winners are listed below.

Grower of the Year - edibles
Winner - Stewarts of Tayside

Grower of the Year - ornamentals
Winner - Majestic Trees

Best New Variety - edibles
Winner - Flower Sprout, Manor Fresh
Finalists - Fenmarc Produce, Rudolph Potatoes
George Busby & Sons, Camarillo


Vegetable Grower of the Year
Winner - Stewarts of Tayside
Highly Commended - Barfoots of Botley, Benzies, Lincolnshire Field Products
Finalists - Baker Produce, Staples Vegetables, Manor Fresh, William Haines


Top Fruit Grower of the Year

Winner - Lower Hope Fruit
Highly Commended - FW Mansfield & Son
Finalist - AC Goatham & Son

Salads Grower of the Year
Winner - Home Harvest Salads
Highly Commended - Lincolnshire Herbs
Finalist - Stubbins

Soft Fruit Grower of the Year
Winner - Wallings Nursery
Highly Commended - AJ & CJ Snell
Finalist - Flavourfresh Salads

Organic Grower of the Year
Winner - AJ & CI Snell
Finalist - Sheepdrove Organic Fruit and Organic Farm Food

Best New Variety - ornamentals
Winner - 'Princess Anne' Rose, David Austin Roses
Highly Commended -
Dibleys Nurseries for Streptocarpus 'Harlequin blue'
Thompson & Morgan for Geranium 'Skyrocket'
Finalist - John Woods Nurseries for Coprosma 'Pacific Sunset'


Cut Flower Grower of the Year
Winner - RF Lawrence & Sons

Bedding and Pot Plant Grower of the Year
Winner - Pentland Plants
Finalists - Baginton Nurseries, Golden Acre Nurseries

Nursery Stock Grower of the Year
Winner - Majestic Trees
Finalists - Viking Nurseries, Kirton Farm Nurseries

Business Initiative of the Year - edibles
Winner - British Watermelons, New Farm Produce, Fresca Group
Finalists - Barfoots of Botley, biodigester

Business Initiative of the Year - ornamentals
Winner - Michael Simpson, Mailordertrees.co.uk
Finalist - Tendercare Nurseries

Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year
Winner - E Oldfoyd & Sons, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb
Finalists -
John Woods Nurseries - The Upwardly Mobile Garden
Blackcurrant Foundation - British Blackcurrants


Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year
Winner - edible ornamentals

Technical Product of the Year
Winner - Passfield Data Systems, Passfield 5 Nursery Management Software
Finalists -
Vital Earth - Vital Earth Container
Institute of Food Research, peat replacement from composted food processing waste

Sales and Marketing Professional of the Year
Winner - Sarah Shynn, Majestic Trees
Finalists -
Maryanne Stokes, Vital Earth
Prem Mann, Practicality Brown

Young Grower of the Year
Winner - Brian Moralee, Wight Salads
Highly Commended - Christopher Price, EJ & RC Price & Son

Young Grower of the Year
Winner - Stephen Hansord, Delamore

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Winner - Peter Moore, Longstock Park Nursery

Contribution to Industry Award
Winner - Bob Ellis, Flamingo Flowers

 

The Judges:
John Adlam - Managing director of Dove Associates
Andrew Hewson - Senior nursery stock consultant, ADAS
Chris Rose - Consultant, Chris Rose Associates
John Tugman - Director, William Sinclair Horticulture
John Breach - Chairman, British Independent Fruit Growers Association
David O'Connor - Joint managing director, Allium & Brassica Centre

Sponsors:

ASDA
NFU
MorePeople
HTA
Quinton Edwards
Gardeners' World Live
LS Systems Ltd
Flamingo Holdings
Landgard
Grow
Botanicoir
Rijk Zwaan
Fruit Focus
New Spitalfields Market


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